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Belfast Lough Successes at West Highland Yachting Week

7th August 2022
Bruce Douglas’s J133 Spirit of Jacana
Bruce Douglas’s J133 Spirit of Jacana Credit: via CSC Facebook

Three Belfast Lough yachts had great results at West Highland Week, which ended on Friday last, two from Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore and another from Royal Ulster Yacht Club on the opposite side.

The best result came from Gareth Martel’s First 40.7 from Royal Ulster who, after a ninth in the 20-strong feeder race fleet from Oban, was first in Class 2, counting three wins, the Croabh 1 race, Lynn of Lorne race and the Oban to Tobermory passage race. Another trophy to add to Pippa’s Ailsa Craig offshore race prize earlier in the season.

Gareth Martel’s First 40.7 from Royal UlsterGareth Martel’s First 40.7 from Royal Ulster 

From Carrickfergus in Class One, Bruce Douglas’s J133 Spirit of Jacana was third overall of 13 starters, counting second places in Croabh races 1 and 2 and in the Sound of Mull race. Also from CSC White Pearl, an Elan Impression 434 (D Mitchell) raced in the ten-strong Class 2 and finished fifth, with second in the Lynn of Lorne Race 1 as her best result.

White Pearl, an Elan Impression 434 (D Mitchell)White Pearl, an Elan Impression 434 (D Mitchell) Photo: via CSC Facebook

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Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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